Working On Campus Over Winter Break
Blogger: Allen Chen
A winter break job is a great way to make money and stay productive. Employers will start sending emails to the root (Oxy’s email system) starting around November, so be on the look-out. For the most part, you need work study in order to secure a job.
Since I’m a local student, I can commute to work, but if not, you’ll have to reserve a spot in Newcomb Hall to live on campus over break. For 2015-2016, Winter Housing was $750, but there is a sponsorship process where you pay much less if you are an authorized driver for your respective job. My coworker got a sponsorship and is living in Newcomb Hall. An awesome incentive to working, besides money, productivity, and experience, is that we get to move into our rooms early. If you’re interested in moving in early, let your boss know and they will set you up accordingly.
Once finals are over, all student ID’s lose access to basically every building on campus. I’m working in the mailroom this winter break, so I need access to buildings to deliver packages to various departments. Thankfully, my boss contacted the Card Office so my ID works again. If there’s a malfunction, but you need to get into a building, use the online campus directory to call whoever’s working in that building.
In terms of campus dining, not all facilities are open during break. The Cooler is open for a week after finals are over. After that, campus dining will be closed until the new year. If you are working during that time, you will have to bring your own lunch or get food off campus. Once January rolls around, The Cooler will remain closed until school officially starts, but The Marketplace will open back up for those working. All dining facilities will charge through Rollover, FLEX, Tiger Plus, a Winter Break Meal Plan, or cash. Since there aren’t many people, there is never a line for anything (ahem, stir fry and pasta). You can even get your sandwiches grilled in a panini press!
Oxy is going to be pretty empty during break, so if there’s ever a huge crowd of people, chances are there’s something being filmed. For example, the Lifetime feature film, “Mother May I Sleep With Danger” and a Nascar commercial were filming during break. Sadly, they weren’t looking for any extras...
When I’m not delivering mail across campus or leering at film sets, I spend my time picking mail up from the post office, organizing letters, and scanning packages. This might just be me, but sorting mail is actually quite therapeutic! Anyways, that’s basically the gist of campus life over winter break. Hopefully this was helpful, and I can’t wait to find more stuff to blog about in 2016!